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Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer (Model 16043-RSC) – Easy Outdoors Smart Watering

If you’re looking for a new smart water timer to use outdoors on your beloved garden, why not consider something like the Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer (Model 16043-RSC).

The Melnor 16043-RSC RainCloud Smart Water Timer allows you to control your watering system from anywhere you are. All you need is to have internet access with a smartphone, tablet or computer and you can easily control your smart watering system with no concerns in the world.

With this smart watering system, you can automate your watering and simplify your life. The system allows you to get the benefits of the advanced scheduling available with inground, professionally installed irrigation systems without the extreme costs or mess of digging up your yard for installation.

Let’s have a detailed look at the Melnor 16043-RSC RainCloud Smart Water Timer and check everything is has to offer.


The Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer (Model 16043-RSC) is an Electronic Internet Controlled Smart Water Irrigation System that’s connected to the internet to allow garden owners to easily control their watering from wherever they are.

The 16043-RSC Smart Water Timer works with any standard garden hose, all drip systems, soaker hoses and all types of sprinklers. The system also comes equipped with manual control buttons right at the faucet, which means that if you are outside and simply need to turn on the water, the Raincloud makes it easy for you to do that.

Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer Design

Keep in mind that this system does not come equipped with a Moisture Sensor, but it’s still an amazing gadget to have around for any tech-savy garden owner.

The system can be easily connected up to 4 garden hoses (expandable to 8 with the addition of a second Faucet Valve Unit), allowing you to cover up to 4 different watering zones. This means that you can set up to 4 different areas/zones to be watered automatically, all connected to a single faucet.

Connect up to 4 garden hoses
Connect up to 4 garden hoses

Just connect the system to any watering device of your choice – sprinklers, soaker hoses or even drip irrigation systems – and you’ll be ready to configure your smart watering schedule.

The Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer will allow you to set up and configure independent watering schedules with multiple cycles throughout the day to each one of those areas. Scheduling the Raincloud can be as simple as setting to water once per day to scheduling each zone to water up to 6 times per day for different amounts of time on different days of the week.

With this smart watering system, you’ll never have to try to program your watering timer on a small, hard to read LCD screen like the ones found on traditional watering timers. Instead, you’ll get an easy setup and easy smart-water-scheduling, which is all done on your smartphone or tablet using the free Raincloud App (discussed at the end of the article) or even by using your computer on the Raincloud website.


Installating the Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer is a breeze. Its setup is so easy that you won’t even have the need to dig up your yard like you would do for a traditional inground system.

Easy Setup - Simple Plug and Play Connection
Easy Setup – Simple Plug and Play Connection

The Melnor 16043-RSC RainCloud Smart Water Timer offers you a simple plug and play connection to your router.

Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer - Controlled from anywhere
Controlled from anywhere

As stated before, after you install the system, you’ll be able to control your smart watering system from anywhere via internet access with a smart phone, tablet or computer by using its Smartphone Companion App (the RainCloud App – discussed further ahead), which makes scheduling easy and fun.


Voice Assistant Support

The Melnor 16043-RSC RainCloud Smart Water Timer is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control your Raincloud Smart Watering System via simple voice commands.


The Melnor 16043-RSC RainCloud’s Smartphone Companion App – the RainCloud App – is completely free, and is available for both iOS (on the Apple App Store) and Android (on the Google Play Store).

The RainCloud App makes scheduling easy and fun for all garden owners, even if they aren’t that tech-savy.

Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer App
RainCloud App

The App offers simple and intuitive controls for each one of the 16043-RSC’s 4 smart watering areas, allowing garden owners to ultimately save water by fully automating their garden’s watering process.


The Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer allows garden owners to easily control their watering from wherever they are via a smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access.

You can freely decide how simple or complex you want to set your watering schedule to be. This smart watering system gives you the ultimate automatic watering scheduling flexibility, putting its control at the palm of your hands.

Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer
Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer

If you live in a location with watering restrictions due to drought or limited water supply, the RainCloud Smart Water Timer has you covered with odd/even calendar day scheduling or even specific days of the week scheduling.

You can even fully automate the system with the addition of the Melnor AquaSentry Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor (which is sold separately). This device senses the moisture level in your soil and only allows the Raincloud to water when the soil is detected to be actually dry.

Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer - AquaSentry Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor
Melnor AquaSentry Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor

If the soil is already wet enough, then the AquaSentry Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor tells the Raincloud Smart Watering System to skip its next scheduled watering cycle, ultimately saving water and ensuring that your plants stay healthy and far from getting completely soaked.

If you’re interested in buying the Melnor RainCloud Smart Water Timer (Model 16043-RSC), you can get it from many different retailers, including Amazon, The Home Depot, and more. Each unit is going between $115 to $128, depending on where you buy it, and comes backed by a limited 7-year warranty. Click any of the provided links to find it on your retailer of choice.

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